The Learning Disabilities of America (LDA) defines learning disabilities as “neurologically-based processing problems”. The descriptor, “Learning Disabilities” is an umbrella term that describes a number of other, more specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD and more. Find the signs and symptoms and learn more about specific learning disabilities below to help you decide if your child should be tested.
What Are the Signs of Learning Disabilities?
The signs of learning disabilities vary from person to person. Many children have difficulty with reading, writing, or other learning-related tasks, but this does not mean they have learning disabilities. Oftentimes, a child with a learning disability will exhibit several related signs that will persist over time. Common signs to look for include:
- Trouble with reading and/or writing
- Trouble remembering things
- Problems with math
- Poor coordination
- Attention span issues
- Trouble following directions
- Organizational issues
- Struggles with concepts related to time
A child with a learning disability also may exhibit one or more of the following:
- Impulsive behavior
- Difficulty listening well
- Inappropriate responses in school or social situations
- Inconsistent performance in school
- Trouble staying on task (easily distracted)
- Problems dealing with new situations (stress over changes in routine)
- Immature way of speaking
- Trouble understanding words or concepts
- Difficulty finding the right way to say something
These signs alone are not enough to determine whether or not your child has a learning disability. A professional assessment is necessary to diagnose a learning disability. Each learning disability has its own signs. Also, not every person with a particular disability will have all of the signs of that disability.
Types of Learning Disabilities
There are many types of learning disorders. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) identifies eleven different categories of neurologically-based processing problems. Each has a link if you’d like to learn more.
- Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
- Language Processing Disorder
- Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
- Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
- Executive Functioning
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